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Self Publishing Books 101

Helping You Get Published and Noticed! © 2012 Copyright All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means – electronic, mechanical, photographic (photocopying), recording, or otherwise – without prior permission in writing from the author. Learn more information at:

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Table of Contents Introduction: Your Self Publishing Coach Chapter 1: About Self Publishing Chapter 2: Self Publishing Costs Chapter 3 Self Publishing Books Chapter 4: Self Publishing Book Template Chapter 5 Book Cover Design 101 Chapter 6 Self Publishing Software Options Chapter 7: Self Publishing Companies Chapter 8 CreateSpace Self Publishing Chapter 9 ISBN Lookup and FAQ's Chapter 10 Obtaining a Copyright Conclusion: Self Publishing in a Nutshell About The Expert: Shelley Hitz Other Resources: Book Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

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Introduction: Your Self Publishing Coach If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It! Self publishing has never been easier! Now, with the recent advancements in technology, anyone can get published. It's not only simple, quick and doable to get your ideas published, but will also save you money. It simply amazes me! Honestly...if you can dream it, you can do it! Hi, I'm Shelley Hitz, and not that long ago, I was in your shoes. You see, in 2008, I was researching self publishing options on the internet. I actually stumbled upon the idea when a friend of ours showed us his self published book... boy was I impressed! His paperback book looked and felt great in my hands, VERY professional. Then, I found out what he paid to self publish it...practically nothing! Plus, he could order copies at his cost for just $2-3 per book. My jaw dropped! "I could do this," I thought to myself. I had to find out more. And I did. A lot more. In fact, I have self published five books in the last two years to sell on my website, on and through speaking engagements. Not only that, but I've learned how to publish those same books as: Paperback books, eBooks, Kindle books, audio book downloads, and audio book CDs. And I'd like to help you do the same. I'll take you step-by-step through the publishing process in this book. And on my website ( you can find articles, tutorials, reviews and so much more! You can think of me as your own personal coach...Your Self-Publishing-Coach, that is. :) And hopefully, from my experience and research, you will save a few hours along the way...maybe even hundreds of hours! Your time is precious, right? So What Are You Waiting For? Let’s get started!

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Chapter 1: About Self Publishing Self Publishing Online Do you want to learn more about self publishing books? There are various options including traditional self publishing or print on demand self publishing online. Find out which is right for you. I have to be honest. I am very thankful for self publishing...and I'm thankful for the continued advancements in how books are bought and read. Years ago you had to go into an independent bookstore to buy the book you wanted. Now you can buy books online from,, and the list goes on. Not only that, but you can now buy books electronically as eBooks and Kindle formatted books. I even have the Kindle app on my phone that allows me to buy books and begin reading them in seconds. Talk about instant gratification! We can all see that times are changing- and rapidly. As the way we read and buy books changes, so does the publishing. -No longer is it necessary to submit your book to a long list of publishers and endure rejection after rejection. -No longer is it necessary to spend thousands of dollars in self published books that will sit in boxes in your garage for years. -No longer is it necessary to pay a publisher money to publish your book as a "vanity press." Gone are those days. Say hello to print on demand publishing...

My Choice: Print on Demand Self Publishing Online I am basing the information on the chart below on my experience with self publishing online with CreateSpace, a print on demand self publishing company owned by I did all the formatting and editing of my book and uploaded the files myself, which kept the costs low and the profits higher. I also signed up for a Pro Plan which is just $39 the first year and $5 each year after that which significantly increases my royalties. Each POD company varies, so do your research!

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Chart Comparison about Self Publishing

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Chapter 2: Self Publishing Costs The Cost of Self Publishing What are the self publishing costs for a book? The costs can vary, but I have been able to publish my books with no upfront costs. This chapter will go into the possible costs depending on the options that you chose. If you are anything like me, you want to know the easiest and most cost effective way to publish your book. As I began researching different self publishing companies, I realized that there were several options I could choose from that ranged anywhere from no upfront costs to thousands of dollars. Wow! I knew I didn't have thousands of dollars in the bank to spend on publishing my book, but I quickly found out it was possible to get published with no upfront costs with the fairly new technology of print on demand publishers! As I discussed in the previous chapter, you can choose from the traditional self publishing companies or print on demand self publishing companies. Typically the print on demand self publishing will be cheaper, especially if you do most everything yourself, like I did. However, if do you have the money to spend, it will be worthwhile to research the traditional self publishing options to see which choice is right for you.

How Much Will I Spend on Self Publishing Costs? Most self publishing companies use the Lightning Source to print and ship their books. Generally, this will cost around $0.015 per page and $0.90 per standard paperback cover. Knowing this tidbit of information, the base cost of printing a book, is very valuable and will help you in deciding which self publishing company to use. For a 190 page book, the base printing cost would equal about $3.75. Therefore, if the production costs for a 190 page book are around $3.75-$4.30 (15% markup) you know you're getting a fair deal. Watch out for publishing companies that mark up their "production costs" with hidden fees. So far, I have found CreateSpace to be the most affordable. They use their own printers and I have been satisfied with the quality of the printing. If you want to know they type of quality printing you will get from a self publishing company, simply order one of their current books and see for yourself. Let me use my first book as an example. I use the company, CreateSpace to publish my books. They are owned by and are a print on demand company, which simply means that as copies of my book are ordered, they are printed. Therefore, there is no inventory which then means lower costs for everyone.

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My first book I published in 2008, 190 pages soft cover...

What Was the Total of My Self Publishing Costs?? It was simply my time + the cost of ordering my first proof copy at my discounted cost of $3.13 which is even less than the typical printing cost of $3.75. Overall, with shipping included, my cost equaled less than $7 total. Now that's a deal!! And, on top of that, I could have sold my proof copy at retail price to actually come out ahead. I know what some of you are probably realize that your time is valuable. And it is! For some of you, it will be easier to hire someone to design your book template and your book cover, edit your book or upload your files to CreateSpace. However, if you are willing to learn, you can realistically self publish your book with no upfront costs!!

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Chapter 3 Self Publishing Books How to Publish a Book the Easy Way With 8 Simple Steps! There are many options for self publishing. Believe me, I know. When I started researching self publishing options, I had no idea what I was even looking for in a publisher. I had no idea what features to look for, or what questions to ask - I simply started my search.

Do You Know Where to Start in Your Self Publishing Journey? Whether you're just getting started or already have experience in self publishing, I am here to be your virtual "coach" - helping you from the start to the finish... the writing, formatting, book cover design, choosing a publisher, publishing in various formats and finally marketing your book. Does it sound overwhelming to learn how to publish a book? It doesn't have to be! Remember, a journey of one thousand steps begins with one. Whether you are a high powered executive publishing books for your company or a stay at home mom publishing books for your family, you can do this!

Eight Simple Steps to Get You Started Self Publishing Books: 1. Choose a topic for your book, preferably one you are passionate about. 2. Write your book in a word processor (i.e. Microsoft Word) formatted for your preferred book size. 3. Format your book into a PDF file. 4. Design your book cover or pay someone to do it for you. 5. Choose a self publishing company. 6. Upload your files and approve the proof copies, if applicable with your self publishing company. 7. Market your book and start selling copies online and/or at events. 8. Format your book into an eBook, Kindle book, and audio book to sell online. If you have already written your book, you can literally have it published and start selling copies online within a week. It really is that easy! However, you want to make sure you publish a professional book. So, don't skimp on the editing, interior design and book cover design. And if you want to go the route of true self publishing where you do all the leg work and form your own self publishing company, then check out and Dan Poytner's Book, "Self Publishing Manual" for more details.

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8 Simple Steps to Self Publishing Books from Your Website Content Do you already have a website or articles you've written? Then, good news! You can re-purpose that same information into a self published book. Find out more by downloading my free PDF article, "8 Simple Steps to Self Publishing a Book from Your Website Content." Or if you prefer, you can listen to it by downloading the MP3 below. MP3: 8 Simple Steps to Self Publishing a Book

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Chapter 4: Self Publishing Book Template Formatting Your Book for Print If you want to self publish your book, you will need to start with a self publishing book template. I have developed my own, but there are also free templates available online that you can download and use. Actually, it's really simple. Let me share how I designed my template and give you links to download more book templates for free. When I decided to self publish my first book, I didn't know where to start. So, I started doing some research and realized most authors simply type their book in a Microsoft Word document and then convert it to PDF to upload to their publisher. It sounds simple, but I wondered how to format my Word document so that it would be the correct size for printing. That's when I developed my own book template.

Designing Your Own Self Publishing Book Template My book template is simple...nothing fancy. But, it works. And I continue to write and sell books today using my original template. So what did I do? #1: First, I opened a Microsoft Word document and saved it to my computer. If you don't have Microsoft Word installed on your computer you can also use the free software. #2: I then researched the fonts that are recommended for print books...the best fonts for titles and for the text and inserted them into my template. I set up my first chapter in the fonts and sizes I decided upon. #3: Next, I resized my Microsoft Word document to: 8.5 inches x 5.5 inches. It is simply half of a regular sized sheet of paper (8.5 inches x 11 inches) and tends to be the most popular and most affordable size to print a book. #4: Then, I created an endorsement page, a title page, copyright page, table of contents page and dedication page. #5: And finally, I was ready to start writing my book in my self publishing book template. After I was finished setting up my first template, I saved it as a template that I now use over and over for all my books. It really makes writing new books a snap because I already have my template ready to go!

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Add Pizzazz to Your Template To spice up the design of your template, you can add tables, text boxes, graphics and more. Pretty much, if you can design it in Microsoft Word, you can add it to your book template. I have decided to publish my book interior in black and white to save money in publishing costs. But, if you want full color, you can publish in full color. Just realize, it will be a lot more expensive.

Tips on Inserting Graphics One thing you need to know about inserting graphics into your Microsoft Word template is to choose graphics that are 300 ppi (pixels per inch) for print quality. I choose to buy stock royalty free photos from which gives you the rights to use the pictures on printed materials, like books. You can search for images on their website. Once you find the image you want for your book, make sure to download it in the correct size for your book in 300 ppi quality. will show you what file size and quality you will get, so make sure to get it right. Otherwise, your pictures could turn out fuzzy and look unprofessional in your book. It pays to make sure you get the right size the first time...I know this from experience! Once you download your photo and insert it into your template, you can then change it to black and white (or grayscale) as well as add text to it in Microsoft Word. Or you can use graphic editing software like Adobe Photoshop. However, Photoshop is expensive if you don't already have the software. So, another great option is to use free graphic editing software.

Free Graphic Editing Software Here are a couple options I have used and recommend. You can also search Google for many other options. - an online graphic editor or - download free graphic editing software to use offline

Want to See the Template I Designed? Well, you can! And it's even free...because as your "Self Publishing Coach," my goal is to help you get published. Download my template and begin using it today for free when you sign up for my "Self Publishing Coach Tips" Newsletter. Through my newsletter, I will share with you the tips and tricks I've learned for successful self publishing.

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I love to share what I've learned with others... and that's what this book, my website and my newsletter is all about! So, sign up now and download for free my self publishing book template (.doc) along with my report (.pdf), "7 Things Publishing Companies Don't Want You to Know About Self Publishing!" Sign up to download my book template here

Download More Free Self Publishing Book Templates However, you may want to publish your book in a different size. And if you do, offers many different template sizes for you to download for free. They have templates available to download in the following sizes: 5 x 8 inches 5.06 x 7.81 inches 5.25 x 8 inches 5.5 x 8.5 inches 6 x 9 inches 6.14 x 9.21 inches 6.69 x 9.61 inches 7 x 10 inches 7.44 x 9.69 inches 7.5 x 9.25 inches 8 x 10 inches Check out their templates at the link below: Download CreateSpace Book Templates Here

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Chapter 5 Book Cover Design 101 How to Design Your Own Book Cover Book cover design for self publishing is really not that complicated. You can use my free Adobe Photoshop template to design your own book cover quickly and easily or you can hire someone to do it for you. Some companies, like CreateSpace, even have online book design software you can use for free.

Book Cover Design Step #1: Write Your Headline and Description Even though designing a book cover is simple, you should really put some thought into it. Your book cover design will make the first impression to your potential readers. It could scream, "Amateur!!" or it could invite them to find out more. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average person shopping in a bookstore spends 4 seconds looking at the cover and 14 seconds reading the back cover. Therefore, you need to design your cover to draw people in and write the headline and the description to sell. If you are like me, you might be asking, "How do I do that?" Good question! I will admit copywriting is not one of my strengths. That's why I love Ken Envoy's book, "Make Your Words Sell." He makes writing sales copy simple to understand and apply - without feeling forced to be too "sales-y." He keeps it real. Oh, did I mention he now gives his book away FREE? Yep! No more excuses for poorly written headlines and book descriptions! Before you know it, you'll be writing a headline and description for your book that draws people in like a magnet. Click Here to Download and start reading "Make Your Words Sell" After finishing the book, force yourself to sit down and brainstorm titles, as well as write out your book description. I'd recommend setting aside at least 2-3 hours - uninterrupted - to complete this step.

Book Cover Design Step #2: What to Include When Designing a Book Cover Front Cover:

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Think of your front cover like the billboard advertising your book. It must be done well to draw people to take a second look at your book. Include the following: 1. Title 2. Subtitle 3. Author's name 4. Related picture or drawing** **Important: Make sure you buy pictures that give you the rights to use them commercially. Read the fine print. You can check out for stock photos or search "stock photos" on Google.

Spine: Beware of too much clutter on the spine. Keep it simple with an eye-catching headline and the author's name. 1. Title 2. Author's name Back Cover: The back cover is the most complex, but also very important (second to the title). Remember, people spend almost 80% of their time reading the back cover when shopping for books. 1. Title 2. Description 3. Benefits and Highlights (bullet points are recommended) 4. Endorsements for your book (up to three quotes) 5. Author's biography 6. Author's picture 7. Barcode/ISBN

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Here is a sample back book cover layout:

Book Cover Design Step #3: Choose One of the Methods Below to Create a Book Cover: You can design your own book cover using... -Your publisher's book cover software (free, but has less options and only provided by certain publishing companies) -A book cover template (must have Photoshop software, also takes time and skill) -Book cover software (must purchase software and has a learning curve)

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-Or hire a professional (most expensive and must find a designer you like) If you want to hire a designer, but don't know who to trust - consider crowdsourcing sites like 99 Designs and Crowdspring. Simply name your price, post your project and then watch as graphic designers bid on your job. The best part? Love your book cover design or get your money back! Finally, if you are only publishing an eBook, I recommend Killer Covers, where you can get a quality cover designed for only $117.

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Chapter 6 Self Publishing Software Options How to Convert Your Book Template to PDF for FREE What about self publishing software? There are many options, but honestly, you can self publish your book using free software available online - like I did. If you have the money and want to purchase additional software, I will also share a list of recommended self publishing software options below.

The Self Publishing Software I Personally Use: Microsoft Word - to type and format the self publishing book template. If you don't have this installed on your computer you can also use the free software. - to convert the Microsoft Word template into a PDF file to upload to the publisher (more on this below). However, the most commonly used self publishing software for PDF conversion is Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Photoshop - to convert images to print quality (300 ppi) and the size needed. I also do the book cover design work in Photoshop to create book covers. I was given this software as a gift for free, but you can also use free graphic image software like or to accomplish the same result. BoxShot3D - to convert my book cover into an e-cover and CD cover for my website. Great quality and fairly easy to use, it does have a one-time cost of $60. However it will save you money over time. Instead of paying a graphic designer to convert your book cover into an e-cover or CD cover, you can easily do it yourself! - free audio recording and editing software to record the written book into an audio book. Site Build It - website design and hosting for effective book marketing

Self Publishing Software Tip: How to Convert Your Book Template to PDF for FREE Most book publishers, like CreateSpace will want your final book draft uploaded to their website as a PDF document. You are most likely familiar with PDF and have probably downloaded many PDF documents online. PDF is simply the acronym for Portable Document Format. It is the most common format used for eBooks and document downloads because it maintains the formatting of your book or document on any operating system and between various versions of software.

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As I mentioned above, the most common self publishing software for creating PDF documents is Adobe Acrobat. It truly is the gold standard for PDF conversion and your best bet to guarantee the best quality for your book. However, the Adobe Acrobat 9.0 standard edition currently has a list cost of $299. Many times you can find it cheaper on or but if you are on a shoestring budget like me, then $300 is a big chunk of change. Therefore, I researched all the free PDF conversion software to find another viable option for self publishing books. And I found one: - That's what I used to publish my first 5 books. However, I've now begun using the free OpenOffice software to convert my documents to PDF. Check out my list of free PDF conversion software here.

Easy Steps to Covert Your Book Template to PDF Why pay lots of money for self publishing software to convert your book template to PDF when you can do it for free? Right? There are many different types of free PDF conversion software available, so it should be easy. However, it isn't as easy as it looks. That's because you need to save your PDF in the same size your book will be printed. Most free PDF conversion software does not allow you to customize the page size. But, the good news is I found a way! It is possible with PDF995 when you are publishing a book that is 5.5 x 8.5 inch size. Here's how: 1. Download PDF995 software and install it on your computer 2. Create your self publishing book template in Microsoft Word as 5.5 x 8.5 inch size (download mine for free here). 3. Choose File, then Print 4. Once the print screen opens, choose PDF995 from the drop down menu of printers

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5. Click on the properties button

6. Then, click on the advanced button

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7. In the advanced screen, choose "Statement [5.5 x 8.5]" from the dropdown menu for paper size

8. Click "OK" three times 9. Choose where to save your PDF document and press save 10. If using the free version, an advertisement will then pop-up. To make this go away, you can pay $19.95 for the full version.

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11. Congratulations! You're book is now saved in PDF format for the 5.5 x 8.5 inch size and ready to upload at your self publishing company of choice. I personally use and highly recommend CreateSpace for self publishing.

More Self Publishing Software Options - Helps you easily create your book interior in Microsoft Word with just copying and pasting. - Software to help you write a fiction book. - Software that turns your book into a digital book where the reader turns the page using flash technology. Great for magazines and online brochures. Can even insert audio and video.

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Chapter 7: Self Publishing Companies Should You Choose a Print On Demand Publisher? These days, there are almost as many different self publishing companies to choose from as books in a library. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but really, which self publishing company do you choose? Out of all the companies competing for your attention, which is best for you? Do you choose a print on demand book publisher like CreateSpace as I did or do you go the route of true self publishing and form your own company using Lightning Source as your printer? Those are my top two recommendations for self publishing authors. If you don't have a budget and don't want to deal with all the details of being your own publisher, choose CreateSpace. However, if you're up for the challenge of self publishing on your own, check out Lightning Source. It really depends on what your goal is for your book. -Do you want to buy copies at the lowest price possible to resell later? -Do you want to sell books online and at -Do you want the credibility that comes with being a "published" author? -Do you want a hardcover, paperback or full color book? These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself. To help you decide, I've researched some of the top companies for you listed in categories below. Ultimately, you need to choose what option is best for you. But, hopefully, by reading my reviews below you'll save a lot of time finding this information on your own.

Items to Consider When Choosing a Self Publishing Company: -Reviews and reputation among other writers -Upfront publishing fees -Royalty payment structure and when you get paid -Author's cost to purchase additional books for resell -Contract terms (i.e. do you keep all rights to your cover and interior, copyright, etc.) -Cost of any additional services (cover design, editing, marketing) -ISBN number and barcode included

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-Listing on and other online retailers

Overall Self Publishing Comparison Mick Rooney's blog, "POD, Self-Publishing & Independent Publishing" has published a Self Publishing index of 59 companies. The company I used, CreateSpace is #1. The company I recommend for true self publishing, Lightning Source, is #2.

Print on Demand Self Publishing Companies -CreateSpace - (owned by My #1 Recommendation for soft cover books for many reasons. -Lulu Self Publishing - Well known and offers many different covers including hardcover and spiral bound. Also has ebook publishing for the iBookstore (iPad). -BookLocker - Has a great reputation. -48 Hour Books - Quick turn around when buying books to resell. No webstore or submission to -Blurb

True Self Publishing -Lightning Source - If you want to form your own self publishing company and go the route of true self publishing, then Lightning Source is the way to go. If you aren't very tech savvy or don't want to deal with all the details, then choose CreateSpace.

Other Self Publishing Companies -Xlibris Publishing -Outskirts Press -Universal Publishers

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Chapter 8 CreateSpace Self Publishing How to Get Published with No Upfront Costs and Publish Your Book on Within One Week CreateSpace self publishing is what I've used to publish all of my books. I love it and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to self publish. Some of you may also be familiar with BookSurge. Well, BookSurge has merged with CreateSpace and is now using their platform.

Why I Use CreateSpace for Self Publishing: When I decided to self publish my first book, I researched many options. I didn't have a huge budget (or any budget, really) and so I was looking for the best quality publishing for the lowest price. And what I found shocked me. Through CreateSpace, you can: -Publish your book with no upfront costs (if you do everything yourself, like I did). -Open an account for free - no hidden costs. -Add a new book title to your projects and fill in all the book information yourself, which gives you complete control. -Upload your PDF interior (book template) and exterior files (book cover) by the click of a button. -Get an ISBN number and barcode for free. However you can buy your own if you want, it's up to you. -Use their free cover creator software to create professionally looking covers (although I still recommend getting a professional book cover designed if your budget allows. -Quick turn around allows you to publish your books fast. I have published my books from start to finish in as little as one week! -No revision fees. -Set up your own personalized store front at CreateSpace for free to sell your books online. -Set the selling price of your book. -Sell your books 24/7 (literally, while you sleep) and CreateSpace handles all the order processing and shipping for you!

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-Choose direct deposit or a mailed check of your monthly royalties from online sales. I like direct deposit because I get instant access to my earnings. -Get paid your royalties once your sales reach greater than $20 (direct deposit), $28 (check) and $45 (wire transfer). I end up getting paid just about every month! -Order books at your cost to sell in person and ship them to your home, all at cost price! In fact, I haven't found a cheaper price anywhere. If you have, please let me know. -Set up special discount codes for certain sales or groups. -Have your book listed on for free. -Sell your books on - these orders are eligible for super saver shipping (with $25 minimum purchase, restrictions apply), one-day shipping and 1-click ordering. -And much more!

The Down Side to CreateSpace? -Every really good thing still has some negatives. Let me share a few about CreateSpace with you. -To sell with CreateSpace, you need a US Individual Taxpayer Identification Number(ITIN). Therefore, if you live overseas, this step may delay your publishing date. -If you're looking to print a hardcover book, you will need to look elsewhere. Currently CreateSpace only prints soft cover books. -If you want a very small booklet or a full color book, the cost might be better with other publishers. Shop around first. -And finally, keep in mind that CreateSpace is a print on demand publisher and may not be the right fit for you. You may want to start your own publishing company instead or take the time to apply to a traditional publishing company. However, if you want a quick, easy and cost-effective way to get published - go for CreateSpace. In fact, you don't even have to pay any upfront costs! You saw a layout of my self publishing costs using CreateSpace in chapter two. Believe it or now, my total cost was less than $7!! And that was simply the cost of ordering my first proof copy. However, if you don't want to design yourself publishing book template and book cover yourself, then you'll have to pay more money upfront. Also, if you'd like someone else to upload your files and configure your online account, that will cost you an additional fee.

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But, if you are willing to learn and do it yourself, you can literally get published within a week. In fact, I created a CreateSpace tutorial that you can watch on

Timeline for CreateSpace Self Publishing I have found through my experience, that it can take as little as one week to self publish a book through CreateSpace. So, if your book is already written, you could be making money by selling your book in person, online at your own webpage and at by next week. Here is how the timeline usually works: Day 1: Create your account and upload your files. Day 2: Wait for CreateSpace to approve your files. Make any necessary changes, if needed, and reupload your files. (Note: If you re-upload your files, you start the process over at day one. So follow their guidelines from the beginning to avoid any delays.) Once your files are approved, order your proof copy. Day 5: Your proof copy comes in the mail. This is a great feeling to see your book in print form for the first time! Celebrate and enjoy the moment :) Then, examine your proof copy and if satisfied approve your proof copy. (Note: Shipping time will vary depending on your shipping address.) Congratulations! Your book is now ready to start selling on your CreateSpace webpage. Day 7-14: Your book will now be visible and ready to sell on with search inside features. This step varies. Sometimes it is live within a few days; sometimes it takes up to one week to be live on Congratulations: It's now time to start marketing your book and selling copies!

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Chapter 9 ISBN Lookup and FAQ's Discover When You Need ISBN Numbers for Self Publishing ISBN lookup, ISBN number search, ISBN numbers for your self published book. Most likely you are familiar with this acronym: ISBN (International Standard Book Number). But, what is it really, why do you need one and where is the ISBN lookup found? The ISBN number is commonly confused with a barcode. However, the ISBN number is not the barcode. It is simply what it says it is... a number. When you do an ISBN lookup or ISBN number search, you simply type in the assigned 10 or 13 digit number to get the book title, author and publisher. Pretty slick, huh?

ISBN Lookup If you want to find a book by an ISBN lookup, you have several options: -ISBN lookup via Advanced Book Search at -ISBN look up FireFox Add-on -ISBN look up at

When Do Self Publishers Need an ISBN Number? So what is an ISBN number and why do you need one? The ISBN number is an identifier used world-wide and continues to be the standard for identifying books internationally. In short, you could say that the ISBN number is an identifier. It identifies the title of the book (print, audio, electronic, etc.) that is either published or self published and also identifies the book's publisher. Therefore, if a bookstore wants to order a particular book, the ISBN number allows them to contact the publisher and place an order. It is also helpful to the publishers for tracking orders and sales for a particular book. If you plan on selling your books in stores, libraries or with wholesalers, then you need an ISBN number. However, if you plan on selling your books on your own, then an ISBN number is not required. According to, you are to issue a new ISNB number for the same book published in different ways. For example, you will need a new ISBN number for: -Each updated edition of your book -Each different version of your book (audio book, PDF, electronic, etc.) -Each language the book is written

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If you made minor changes to your book and reprint it, no new ISBN number is needed.

Should You Use the ISBN from the Publisher or Get Your Own? It's really up to you. The ISBN number simply identifies the publishing company. If you want to be your own publisher, then you'll need to buy your own ISBN number. I personally use the free ISBN number and barcode given to me by CreateSpace. I see no reason why I should pay extra money for my own ISBN number when CreateSpace provides one for free. In the end, I still own the copyright of my book and can still publish it with another publisher if I choose. However, if I do publish the same book with another publisher, I will need a new ISBN number to use with the new publisher. For example, let's say that I decide to publish my book with CreateSpace and two years later, want to publish it with XYZ Publishing Company. If more than one publisher is publishing the same book, then each publisher needs their own ISBN number and the publisher who fulfills a particular order puts their ISBN number on the book. Read the fine print with your publishing company. If you're not comfortable using their ISBN number, then most of the time you can use your own. You can buy ISBN numbers in blocks at the US ISBN agency's website, The prices listed here are for 2010: 1 = $125 (standard package) 10 = $250 (or $25 each) 100 = $575 (or $5.75 each) 1000 = $1000 (or $1 each)

Where Do You Put the ISBN Number? Make sure you place the ISBN on the copyright page of your book as well as the back cover. If your publisher places a barcode on your book for you, like CreateSpace, then you don't need to worry about the back cover. If you need a barcode made, you can have it done at the US ISBN agency's website, for $25 or do a search online for other barcode providers.

What Does An ISBN Number Look Like? You may see ISBN numbers that are both 10 digits and 13 digits long. Why? Well ISBN numbers were 10 digits for over thirty years. Then, on January 1, 2007 the official ISBN system changed to 13 digit numbers. Therefore all new ISBN numbers are now 13 digits long.

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If you bought your ISBN prior to the switch, don't worry. You can get yours switched over by using the converter at However, you cannot change your number by simply placing three digits in front of it. It must be properly converted. Unfortunately, once a book is published with a certain ISBN number, that number can never be reused. What items are not eligible for ISBN numbers? -Advertising materials -Blogs (ISBN numbers are not assigned to items updated frequently like blogs, magazines or online databases) -Board games -Calendars -Music CD's (ISBN numbers are only assigned to audio book CD's or instructional CD's) -Clothing -Coffee mugs -Electronic newsletters -Video games -Emails -Food/medicine -Magazines, academic journals or other periodicals -Online databases -Pictures/photos (ISBN numbers are used only for text, never for pictures) -Playing cards -Sheet music -Software (ISNB numbers are only used for educational software) -Toys -Websites

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Chapter 10 Obtaining a Copyright The Top 10 Most Important Tips on How to Get a Copyright Obtaining a copyright is about registering your work, for example, your self published book, at a copyright office. Your work is under your copyright as soon as you imprint it on a fixed device. For example, if you write a song on a piece of paper, you already have the rights to that work. Personally, I have not officially registered my books with the copyright office. Technically my products are copyrighted as soon as I publish them. However, you may want to know more about how to get a copyright and if it is the best option for you.

The Top 10 Most Important Tips on How to Get a Copyright: #1: Obtaining a copyright is easy. You simply need to register your work in a copyright office. If it's possible, they will keep a copy of your work. Whenever someone else claims that they are the owner, the copyright office will compare their work with the copy you left at their office. As a result, they will reject the claim of the other person. #2: Obtaining a copyright is inexpensive. If your work is going to bring you money, you should definitely register the work and pay a fee. The registration fees range between a few dozen and a few hundred dollars. #3: You need to be the first author. How to get a copyright involves being the first author of the work in cause. It doesn't matter if you are the second person who created the exact same work. Only the first one counts. #4: Copyrighting is hard to prove. How can you prove that you are the first owner of a work? Unless you register the work it's quite hard to prove it. Of course, there are ways to do it. As a singer, you can sign the song during a concert and be filmed. #5: Protect yourself and your work. It's much better to prevent a problem from ever happening than to solve it. The whole process of how to get a copyright is really easy. Contact the copyright office and they will let you know all the details. #6: Your boss will hold the copyright if you are the one hired for the job.

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As a person hired, you will not own the copyright. This is exactly what the copyright definition says. The process of hiring is similar to the process of buying. Your boss basically buys your work and your copyright along with it. #7: Obtaining a copyright is helpful in many situations. Even though obtaining a copyright by registering your work is not legally enforced, it's still helpful to do in many situations. The alternative could be quite damaging. You could lose thousands or even millions if your work is distributed for free. No one likes to pay money for something that's already free out there. #8: Your work is protected from derivative works as well. According to the copyright definition, derivative works use one or more parts of the copyrighted work. A rewritten article is a derivative work. In the US, there's also the "fair use". Basically people can use your work as theirs unless they lose you money. An example of fair use is the user generated content on the Internet. Millions of people take parts of certain movies, edit them and upload them to YouTube and other video sharing sites. Their work mostly enhances the popularity of the movie. The rightful owners can still get their work down. #9: You receive the copyright by default. As soon as you create a work, you are the rightful copyright owner of that work. You don't have to think about how to get a copyright. You received it by doing nothing. The problem is that you are the only person who knows about it. #10: How to protect yourself in court. Let's say that you create a work but you didn't register it at the US copyrighting office. If someone uses your work as their own, you can not win a lawsuit against them by default. You need to prove that you were the first person who created the work. That's pretty much impossible to do. This is why you need to register the work right from the beginning. Obtaining a copyright for a work that's going to bring you money is mandatory. The potential losses are huge unless you do it.

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Conclusion: Self Publishing in a Nutshell Step-by-Step So there you have the basics to self publishing a book. We have covered the cost of self publishing, book layout/design, different self publishing companies, software option, and so much more. In a world that is constantly changing, I encourage you to stay up to date with the self publishing industry. One of the ways to do that is to sign up for my free newsletter at: You can also find more information about self publishing on my website: Before I close this book, I wanted to include the step-by-step process to self publishing a book from start to finish. After all, knowing is only half the battle. Obviously you have to start by writing the book, and will end with the marketing, but here’s a quick run through of everything that comes in between:

Writing Format your book template Finish your first draft Go through the editing process

Pre-Publication Start an online platform to publish your book (e.g., blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…) Choose your publishing method – if you are going to create your own self publishing company, now is the time Book cover creation (either by yourself or someone else) ISBN purchase (optional) Purchase Copyright (optional)

Publishing – Printed books Choose your publishing company Sign up for an account Save your file as a PDF and upload it Set up your Amazon Author Central account

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Publishing – eBooks Choose your publishing platform Re-format your book Upload your file

Book Marketing Your Website/Blog (if you created this earlier, you just have to announce to your followers that your book is ready) Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) Go on a virtual book tour Use press releases You can find a printable version of this checklist on my website at: You should be well equipped to self publish your own book now. I wish you the best on your journey. To your success, Shelley Hitz

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About The Expert Shelley Hitz Shelley Hitz is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and consultant to individuals, organizations and small businesses who want to multiply their impact through self publishing. And she teaches from personal experience. Over a two year span, while working full-time, she published five books, multiple audio CDs, authored two websites that attract thousands of visitors each month, and created multiple products that she sells through her website and at her speaking engagements. also offers free book templates, articles, monthly newsletter, tele-classes, special reports, e-books, webinars, podcasts, videos and other resources to help you get self published! Sign up for her newsletter to download Shelley’s free book templates and her PDF report, “200+ Book Marketing and Author Tools.” at:

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Other Resources: Book Marketing on a Shoestring Budget Expand Your Book Marketing Efforts Without Going Broke! This series of special reports is written for self publishing authors. You’ve published your book…now what? It’s up to you to market it. But, you’re not alone! We will help you with get the most out of your book marketing efforts on a shoestring budget! Amazon for Authors: How to Optimize Amazon for Increased Exposure and Sales! Get Your Audiobook Done! - Book Marketing With Teleseminars - Book Marketing With Podcasts - YouTube Marketing for Authors - A Step-by-Step Guide to Guest Blogging - How to Spice Up Your Blog With Free Images - Twitter 101 for Authors - Get Your Facebook Page Done! - Get Your Press Release Done! -

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Self publishing print books has never been easier. With the print on demand technology that is now available to us through companies like Cr...

Self Publishing Books 101  

Self publishing print books has never been easier. With the print on demand technology that is now available to us through companies like Cr...